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The Man from Beijing (Vintage Crime/Black…

The Man from Beijing (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) (original 2008; edition 2011)

by Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (Translator)

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Title:The Man from Beijing (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Authors:Henning Mankell
Other authors:Laurie Thompson (Translator)
Info:Vintage (2011), Paperback, 464 pages
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The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell (2008)

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a suspenseful easy read that moves briskly. ( )
  berthirsch | Nov 12, 2015 |

I have read many of the inspector Wallander books, and like their mixture of crime, (usually international) politics, agonising over immigrants in Sweden plus extracts from the personal life of the hero.

Without Wallander this mixture did not work so well. The geopolitics became overbearing and far fetched. Who could really believe that the Chinese could have a plan to export their peasants to Africa to exploit the agricultural potential? Or that Africans are not restive enough about the Chinese presence to accept it?

The crime got lost.
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  varske | Oct 25, 2015 |
Disappointing: a) desperately needs editing; b) wildly implausible crime scene and investigation; c) clumsy plotting; d) highly unlikely unravelling. ( )
  librorumamans | Oct 15, 2015 |
I love Mankell's Kurt Wallander series, so I thought I'd give one of his stand alone novels a try. I loved parts of this one, and found myself wanting other parts to move along a little more quickly. It starts with a mass murder in a small village, Hesjövallen, in Sweden. All of the victims are related in some way. A judge, Birgitta Roslin, from Helsingborg, becomes involved after she realizes that two of the victims had been her mother's foster parents. The police from the smaller village believe they have the case solved, but Birgitta doesn't believe it. From there the story goes back in time to the building of the transcontinental railroad, and the brutal treatment of the Chinese who had been kidnapped and brought to America to do the work. Birgitta winds up in China, and finds herself fearfully looking over her shoulder. Mankell takes the story from China to Africa and then back to Sweden.

Despite some flaws, I enjoyed the book.

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  NanaCC | Jul 26, 2015 |
Begins as a conventional Swedish murder mystery in which virtually all the inhabitants of a remote village are slaughtered. Te reader is then transported to China and then America during the 1800's to follow the fortunes,or should I say misfortunes of three young Chinese brothers.Modern-day China comes next and finally to London's China-town.
The main character is a Swedish judge who attempts to solve the original murders. She is no Wallender and thats a fact.She just gets herself deeper and deeper in trouble.
Is it a good read or is it not ? On the whole it holds the attention,although it could have done with a little editing i think. ( )
1 vote devenish | Mar 2, 2015 |
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Mankell’s fierce instinct for social criticism is admirable. If only it didn’t sabotage the opportunity for old-fashioned whodunit delight.

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Henning Mankellprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bolstad, KariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bree, Corry vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Synopsis for the Dutch edition:
"Op een koude dag in januari 2006 doet de politie van het stadje Hesjövallen een verschrikkelijke ontdekking. Er heeft een bloedbad plaatsgevonden. Achttien mensen zijn op beestachtige manier vermoord. Een krankzinnige moordenaar moet aan het werk zijn geweest.
Als Birgitta Roslin, rechter in Helsingborg, de berichten erover leest, is ze met stomheid geslagen. Want bijna alle slachtoffers zijn verwanten van haar.
Omdat de politie geen enkel spoor van de dader vindt en geen enkel aanknopingspunt heeft voor verder onderzoek, besluit Birgitta de zaak zelf te onderzoeken.
Het onderzoek voert Birgitta naar het verleden en leidt haar naar verschillende continenten. Ze maakt hardhandig kennis met een nieuwe supermacht die zijn plaats opeist in de internationale arena."
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Hudiksvall, January 2006, police find eighteen people massacred in a small village. They think it's the work of a mad man but Birgitta and August believe they were killed by the same person who killed their mother.

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